Candy Sandwiches

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What is every preschooler’s food fantasy?

My grandson’s was a candy sandwich.


The Birth of the Concept

We are blessed with the most adorable Irish twins – ages 4 and 5. They were born one year apart with January birthdays.

A couple of months ago, while visiting them, my step-daughter Jenn asked what kind of sandwiches they wanted for lunch, and my older grandson replied, “a candy sandwich!”

That got me thinking (way too hard). I told my son-in-law, that challah bread would be perfect for candy sandwiches. He agreed, as he had recently seen a Food Network show with stuffed challah French toast.

Bread Snob

To be honest, I am a total bread snob. If it’s sliced, I probably won’t buy it. I am into fancy artisan loafs. When I was young and ambitious, I used to bake my own bread.

So, on my grandson’s 4th birthday, I put together the plan. I sent my husband to the best Jewish bakery in Las Vegas: Bagel Cafe. We go there at least monthly for breakfast, and we stop in every few weeks for bagels. Their rugalah and bobkas are also amazing.

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Bagel Cafe: Everything Bagel & Lox

We arranged to meet Jenn and the boys at their nearby grocery store, where we picked up marshmallow cream and Oreo cookies. The boys selected candy for their sandwiches: gummy bears, sour gummy worms, watermelon candies, jelly beans, and gum drops. I already had chocolate syrup and Christmas cookie sprinkles, and Jenn had peanut butter.

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Candy Sandwich Ingredients

The Process

I sliced the bread and helped the boys make it into circles using cookie cutters. Then I lightly toasted the circles to make spreading a little easier.

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My husband grated the Oreo cookies to make cookie “dirt.”

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The boys spread the peanut butter, marshmallow cream, and chocolate syrup in various combinations onto the circles.

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Next, they decorated their open-faced sandwiches with cookie dirt and candy.

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The entire process – aside from shopping – took about 30 minutes, and the boys had a great time!

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Final Product!

This would be a great birthday party activity!

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